Regardless of how hip-hop purists and the industry view Macklemore, as a sellout or generally scapegoat his music, I think the man’s been consistently in the forefront of political rap – be it through his 2005 single, White Privilege (calling out racial bias in our society), Same Love (in solidarity with “love is love”), last November’s gripping and dope single, Kevin – throwing light on the invasive pharmaceutical culture that has warped America, and finally, White Privilege II, which clocks in at almost 9 minutes, and features the lovely vocals of Jamila Woods.
Folks gotta move past that grammy snub for Kendrick Lamar’s, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, and realize what Macklemore has done for hip-hop and the culture. Because, to say it like it is, hip-hop is very political as an art-form, and I hardly see an ounce of that activism and mettle in most acts, and their “fly-rap” or “trap-rap” music that most rappers are accustomed to.
At least, Macklemore has a strain of consciousness and responsibility to the culture and the game. And he has my respect for that – regardless of some really, tacky music he’s also put out.
On a related note, alluding to the whole Oscar boycott fiasco initiated by Jada Pinkett Smith, it’s disappointing to see actors like herself, far removed from the everyday struggles of Black America, politicize and exploit her status in society for her 15 minutes of fame, especially, when the Academy has nominated and awarded individuals from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds in the past, based entirely on their acting chops, and not because of their sense of entitlement.
And not to digress, but that’s the same logic behind my utter disgust for Affirmative Action, because that’s not fixing the problem of racism like we should be focusing upon, instead demanding sympathy and a handout based solely on being a minority, and taking away from the most important criteria of outstanding credentials, personality, and merit.
With that being said, stream the sequel to White Privilege below, and let me know your thoughts on this track, and the very important and polarizing movement of our time, Black Lives Matter.